Hammonton Green Committee Minutes July 1, 2019
Monthly Meeting - Hammonton Town Hall

Green Committee Members:

X Jeanette DePiero X Mica McCullough  X Amy Menzel   X Linda Esposito  
X Kerri Patton      __Sara Verrillo   _ Jen Rajkowski    __ Steve Doran

Friends of the Green Committee & Guests: Eric Schmehl

  1. Events and Projects:



Community Garden Updates

  • Children’s Garden workshops are waiting to be scheduled
  • Master Gardeners have established 3 plots
  • Master Gardeners are open to give Garden Talks in Aug., Sept., Oct.
  • Advertising in Gazette for promoting garden events ($75)
  • July 9: ACUA Garden Talk: Vermicomposting
  • July 11 Nutritionist Children’s Wkshp at 10:00 am & Garden Talk at 6:30 pm
  • July 13: Garden workday / meeting at 9:00 am
  • July 28: Garden workday / meeting at 9:00 am
  • August 21st Garden Talk-- Master Gardener?
  • Eric is arranging hop harvesting visit to Timberline Farms
  • Garden Potluck Dinner: Oct. 5th @ 4:30pm

HHS Rain Garden

  • Additional grass plugs were planted
  • Linda met with maintenance supervisor: irrigation & weeding plan in place

Lake Park Pollinator Garden

  • Town will deliver soil
  • Invasive plants to be removed where possible
  • Dan will purchase native plants after beds are prepared
  • Master Gardeners donated plants
  • Advance notice for workday(s) will be provided

Composting Bin Pre-Order

  • Pre-order for $60.00 per bin, scheduled drop off date TBD
  • Suggested $100 FB advertising to increase order, no minimum given
  • Amy will check with Isabella and/or Naomi for ideas on marketing composters, potential towns to partner with

Sustainable Jersey

  • Application submitted on June 2nd!
  • Review timeline; feedback should arrive mid-July
  • GC in agreement to do annual updates rather than bigger lift every 3 years.

Green Business Program

  • Onsite visit to Pistone’s was conducted by Mica, Sara, and Linda
  • Certificate presented; photo taken for social media & Mica sent write-up to  Gazette for publication
  • Mazza’s Antique Marketplace to be contacted for applying to program
  • Joe Bruno & Casciano need to have site visits scheduled
  • Public recognition of participants before Town Council meetings / Brooke Sacco to access Council’s schedule
  • Recognize all participants at Chamber of Commerce dinner
  • Checklist & application process will be reviewed and updated by group.
  • Mica will follow up with Cassie, Brooke & Ben Ott  

Green Day Festival:
Saturday 9/21
12-4 pm at Lake Park

(Rain Date:  9/22)

  • 25 vendors so far!
  • Reach out to vendors to encourage sign-up. Mica sent follow-up email.
  • Fresh produce sale: contact farmers to ascertain interest
  • Arts center: Plein Air Contest:
  • $20.00 entry fee
  • Need permit for use of lake area for contest?
  • HAC will advertise event, make sure GC is mentioned in materials
  • Start time: 7:00 a.m. / conclude 3:00 p.m.
  • 4:00 judging & announcement of winners during Green Day, reception in Canoe Club afterward
  • Artists and photographers to participate
  • Award contestants at ceremony 4:30 in Canoe Club
  • Can GC contribute cash prize for winner?
  • Photo release form needed for:
  • any contest art (HAC)
  • pictures taken of visitors at Green Fair (Mica)
  • Contact Penza’s Pies and Maplewood Inn for possible artwork display
  • Refer vendors to register via Google form 
  • Please use this Google sheet to track sponsor contact (to avoid duplication)
  • Fall Equinox activity? (occurs on September 23rd)

Green Day Planning Meetings & Action Items

  • July 19th before Green Drinks (6:30 pm at Annata)
  • August 5th @ GC monthly (7:00 pm at Town Hall)
  • August 21st(6:30 pm at Garden before Garden Talk)
  • September 9th @ GC monthly (7:00 pm at Town Hall)
  • Mica: ask Denise if any vendor/ sponsor checks have arrived
  • Jen: Pastore Orchards, toy recycling
  • Kerri: Waretown Farms,
  • Linda: follow up with ‘questionable’ vendors, Red Barn on 206
  • Dan: Pinelands Adventures?
  • Amy: Party Llama

Green Drinks

  • July 19th : Annata Wine Bar at 7:00 (Green Day planning meeting at 6:30)

National Night Out

  • August 9th at High School grounds, 6:00-9:00 pm
  • Volunteers needed for Green Committee table
  • Giveaway ideas: Amy- forks, Kerri- car clips,
  • Reusable bags need to be replenished
  • Mica will create event lists, gather other materials


  • August 15th 6:30 pm
  • Jersey Friendly Yards presenting;
  • Canoe Club reserved. Mica will invite Permaculture club to collaborate

Single Use Plastics Subcommittee

  • Meeting July 10th 6:00 pm at Casciano’s
  • Art project to be discussed for use in local parades/ Green Day


2. Open Floor

3. Next Garden/GC Meeting: August 5th, 7:00 pm at Town Hall 3rd floor conference room.

**Note that Garden ‘meetings’ will take place during July 13th and 28th workdays and August 10th and 25th workdays**